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Shooting Leads to Police Officer's Arrest


The story of a Phoenix police officer who shot and killed a man Tuesday has taken a shocking twist. We've learned that the officer, Richard Chrisman, is now under arrest.

This all started at a trailer park near Central and South Mountain. A woman called 911 to report domestic violence on the part of her son, 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez.

Officers showed up at the home and at some point, Officer Chrisman opened fire at the man, killing him.

"They killed him for no reason they just shot him," said Elvira Fernandez, the man's mother, anguished. "I said don't hurt him whatever you do don't hurt him... they went in there and they killed him!"

Chrisman was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.

The probable cause statement alleges that two officers went inside the mobile home and Rodriguez began yelling that they needed a warrant.

Chrisman allegedly pulled his pistol, put the muzzle against the suspect's head and told him, "We don't need no warrant [expletive]."

Over the next few minutes, Chrisman shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun and shot his pit bull.

When Rodriguez started to retreat by taking up his bicycle, but he and Chrisman struggled, and finally Chrisman shot him from 2 to 3 feet away, according to documents..

Officer Sergio Virgillo, who accompanied Chrisman on the domestic violence call, told detectives that he saw no threat and no weapon in the suspect's hands.

Officer Virgillo, a 14-year veteran of the force, called it "the worst day of his life."

"We will investigate this thoroughly and we will do everything possible to make sure we have the facts and take the appropriate action based on the facts," said Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris.

Chrisman was released on a $150,000 bond about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Statement by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association will assist Officer Chrisman's family in posting bond. Posting bond is not a commitment to a verdict; it addresses the issue of whether a person accused of a crime, in this case, a Phoenix Police Officer acting in the line of duty, is a flight risk. PLEA believes our peer and member is not a flight risk. PLEA believes it is reasonable for a 9-year productive Phoenix Police Officer to be at home with his family as this criminal process unfolds.

PLEA also believes that, like any other citizen, Phoenix Police Officers are innocent until proven guilty. We have seen the criminal justice process work in the past and will continue to value and rely on the principle of due process into the future. PLEA will remain vigilant to make sure that this process remains fair and is free from political influence.

 Officer Frank Marino, the Chairman of PLEA, talks live with FOX 10's John Hook about the arrest.

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